4th August 2014

Cogra Moss and Blake Fell


Walk Overview
Time 5 to 7:15pm
Duration 2 hr 15 min
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent 1600 ft
Walking with On my own
Felldyke - Cogra Moss - Low Pen - High Pen - Blake Fell - (near sharp Knott) - Forest track back to Cogra Moss - Felldyke
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Felldyke, Lamplugh

Found on the quieter western edge of the Lake District, there never seems to be problem getting parked here. Perhaps this is a result of the limited number of fells that can be reached from here. Having said that, the walks that can be done from here are fantastic.

Parking is free.


Route Map


A sunny summer evening beckoned for a walk out so I headed around for a walk over Blake Fell. This is a walk I've done many times over the years and one that remains just as enjoyable.

I'm heading up there tonight. From here it looks much further than it actually is. I wasn't rushing or timing myself although after checking the times on the photos, it took me just over one hour to get to the top.

My route would take me past Cogra Moss (AKA Arlecdon Reservoir). There were a few folk fishing this evening but they were all concentrating too hard to pass on a hello to me.



Height is gained and the tops of the Ennerdale fells begin to show their heads.

The walk onto Low Pen is the steeper section of the route. Despite the slight breeze it was warm work in the sunshine; very nice though.


A close up of Starling Dodd, Pillar and Great Borne.

Looking ahead I see Whiteside, Hopegill Head, Grasmoor, Whiteless Pike and Robinson.

Just as I was taking this picture I got the fright of my life when a runner reached the corner of the fence. I was in my own little world and hadn't noticed him running up the fell behind me.

We chatted for a while about how nice a night it was and how clear the views were. Then, after noting I was taking photos, he went on to tell me "there's a guy out there that has a website". It turned out to be me. The next coincidence was that he works with my Brother in Law. The one I walked up Helvellyn with the other week.
Sorry I forgot to ask your name but here you are making much quicker progress up Blake Fell then me.

A close up of Fleetwith Pike and part of Buttermere.

and a sort of close up of Whiteside, Hopegill Head, Grasmoor and part of Crummock.

This time not so close up. Now you can also see the Skiddaw Fells, Catstye Cam, Helvellyn, Mellbreak and a few others dotted about.

Carling Knott seen a short distance from the summit.

Blake Fell summit.


Some people call them Bilberries, some call them Blueberries but I've always known them as Bleaberries. Whatever you prefer to call them, there are lots of them around here and they were all ready for me to harvest.
The only thing I had to put them in was the a water bottle. So, I drank half the water, poured the other half out and began the time consuming task of picking enough to make a nice pudding. What I did was, put them in a dish, cover them with custard, microwave for 2 minutes, chop a banana in with them and mix the whole lot up. Very tasty !!

That's me in front of Blake Fell.


A final picture of Blake Fell, seen across Cogra Moss.

I'm not sure of the fish were biting this evening but the insects certainly were.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks